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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Johann Garimort (916192) Samuel Lalo Studio 12

Week One

Reading: Zeara Polo, A. 2010. Between Ideas and Matters.

According to Zeara-Polo, the diagram does not play a representational role in the design process but provides an organisational and can have a performative quality depending on how it is deployed. Explain how Diagram is different from Signs and Symbols?

Zeara-Polo draws on the work of Charles Pierce to describe signs and symbols as representations of other objects. These signs and symbols can be very specific or simplified, look similar or bear no resemblance to what they represent as well as embody additional information. In contrast he views a diagram, by showcasing information, as enabling the discovery of an almost infinite number of possibilities in design. A diagram is not prescriptive or representative as signs and symbols are, rather it opens up the design process to a number of changing opportunities built on the information held within the diagram.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Images (Clockwise top left) Building the base: Using a site plan to add columns and internal screening Adding the roof: Using patch command to create roof Final Rhino model render Image source: on Saturday 3rd of March 2018

Images of the SANAA Serpentine Pavilion provided insight into how it may be modeled in Rhino. In the image the pavilion appears to be a canopy connected to the ground plane through a number of slender columns of non uniform heights. As such a site plan was inserted in Rhino with columns then created at the specified height in the required location. A ‘patch’ command was then use to generate the roof surface on top of the columns.


Week Two

Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture. Herzberger discuss how design should not be extreme in its functionality. Use your precedent study to explain how the pavilion allows for an appropriation of use.

The SANAA Serpentine Pavilion represent Herberger’s view in that it’s design does not prescribe the use of the pavilion. The simplicity of the pavilion’s form, a series of slender columns supporting a single canopy, does not restrict its use. People are able to enter the pavilion from any approach, removing a formal entity and when combined with columns and thus a roof of different heights creates unique experiences from every approach.


Week Two


SANAA Isometric Modelling the SANAA pavilion allowed an insight into it’s circulation, threshold and construction. The pavilion’s construction comprises of three main components; the concrete floor, steel columns of various heights and the polished aluminum roof. This is a light structure which is emphasized by the reflective polished roof which makes the canopy appear to float amongst the trees. The original design suggested the use of a single piece of polished aluminium, however construction prevented this from being possible and instead panels were joined together to produce the roof, as indicated in the final isometric with the lined roofing. This light construction allows people to circulate the pavilion in a number of approaches and explores the concept of a formal threshold. While there are suggested entrances using the main paths, people are free to enter and circulate the pavilion as they wish, albeit taking into consideration of the varying column heights.


Week Two Diagrams



Three diagrams showing how the floor plan of various column heights and internal screens impacts movement within and outside the pavilion

A view of the construction of the pavilion; the concrete floor, steel columns, shown in varying shades of pink dependent on their height and polished aluminium roof in panels.



Process - Gaining an understanding of the pavilion

Concept: http://drawingarchitecture.tumblr. com/page/10


Built Images: https://www.archdaily. com/28672/the-2009-serpentine-gallery-pavilion-sanaa

By looking at various site plans, concept sketches and built images I was able to gain an understanding of the pavilion’s structure, its intended use and how it might be modeled in Rhino.

Built Images: london/serpentine-gallery-pavilion-2009

Built Images: london/serpentine-gallery-pavilion-2009



Process - Modelling

Rhino modelling of pavilion A site plan with the location of columns was used to ensure columns were placed correctly, with their heights then determined using an additional information source showing column height.



Process - Presentation

Importing raw line work from Rhino of pavilion Isometric view

Exploring how to describe circulation in the pavilion using colour and lines


Dd module01 journal johann garimort 916192  
Dd module01 journal johann garimort 916192